Andy Murray has dredged up decade-old memories of the Hopman Cup as the Scot called for more mixed events in post-COVID tennis.
The player who led Britain to the 2010 final in Perth before a 2-1 loss to Spain, was channelling fond emotions with the plea to give tennis more of an amenable mix ‘n’ match ambience occasionally.
The Hopman competition at the New Year ran for more than three decades in Western Australia before it was killed off in a financial power play by Tennis Australia and the ATP and replaced from last January with the ATP Cup.
“I think sports miss a bit of a trick with this stuff,” Murray said in London at this week’s Battle of the Brits exhibition featuring both men and women.
“The Hopman Cup was a brilliant event in my opinion. The players enjoyed it, I loved it.”
The Hopman drew worldwide sporting notice in it’s last two editions with both Roger Federer and Serena Williams competing for their nations and even meeting in January, 2019, in an historic mixed doubles rubber at the Perth Arena.
“Putting match-ups in tennis like Serena Williams and Roger Federer on the same court, it is so brilliant for our sport,” Murray added.
“We should embrace it a little bit more – not every single week but at times it would be great.
“I would like to see Rafa (Nadal) on the court with some of the top female players. Roger and Serena were into it and I’m sure they enjoyed it as well.”
Main photo:-Wimbledon 1946 Australian Tennis Legend Harry Hopman with Norah Gordon Cleather – subject of our latest podcast